Do Facelifts Require The Use Of Sutures?

Q: Dr. Eppley, do all full face lifts require sutures? The reason I ask is because I am not scared of having a facelift done, and I certainly need it, but I don’t like the idea of having to have sutures taken out later.

A: Any type of facelift will need sutures to close the incisions. There is virtually now way to get around that issue and end up with good looking and discrete scars around the ears. But the skin sutures may be dissolveable so they do not need to removed after surgery. I have used a 5-) plain suture for skin closure on all of my facelifts over the past ten years and have never seen a single problem…and the patient did not have to endure suture removal!

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana